John Terry and Gary Cahill can bring an end to Gunners title hopes on Saturday
Chelsea have never played glamorous football under Jose Mourinho although Roman Abramovich has returned to this pragmatic coach because he gets results from players, whether he’s in charge of Porto, Internazionale or Real Madrid.
Mourinho claims that the current Chelsea squad aren’t yet ready to challenge for the Premier League title although that is mainly a tactic to remove pressure from the shoulders of the players, with the Special One privately desperate to regain the league crown at his first time of asking.
Chelsea have been pretty superlative at home this season and are easy to back at 17/20 with bet365 to claim victory on Saturday lunchtime, having warmed up for this encounter by beating Galatasaray without having to get out of third gear.
John Terry and Gary Cahill not only mopped up one Gala attack after another but also combined to score their team’s second goal and Paddy Power’s 21/10 about a Chelsea win to nil against the Gunners looks like a cracking bet considering how the Blues will approach the game.
Mourinho’s men landed a goalless draw at the Emirates in December and will once again look to clamp down on the opposition and feed the ball to Eden Hazard who has been making things happen for the west London side since the campaign started.
Arsenal are still in the title hunt following a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane last Sunday although there was a large slice of fortune about that particular victory which featured some profligate finishing from Tottenham in the second half.
Key players remain absent from the visitors’ squad including Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere, while Aaron Ramsey won’t be anything like match fit even if he does line up for this London derby.
Samuel Eto’o might have his work cut out against Koscielny and Mertesacker although Hazard can probe away and find an opening or two for his team, even if Willian and Ramires are suspended for this match.
TIP: Chelsea to win to nil @ 21/10 with Paddy Power